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Khalid Shaikh Mohammed proposes 9-11 to bin Laden

Part of 9-11

Event Details
Primary OrganizationAl-Qaeda
LocationTora Bora, Nangarhar, Afghanistan
Time Mid 19961
ParticipantsOsama bin Laden, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, Mohammed Atef (Organizer)
Narrative and Notes
ReliableThrough Atef, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed met with bin Laden at Tora Bora. It was the first time KSM and bin Laden had seen each other since 1989.

During the meeting, KSM described past operations he was involved in, then pitched a number of proposals for terrorist attacks to bin Laden. One involved training pilots who could crashing planes into buildings in the United States.

This is considered the beginning of planning for Sept. 11.

Bin Laden had little immediate comment, other than to ask KSM to move to Afghanistan permanently and join al-Qaeda.

KSM did not accept, because of his ties to Abdul Rasool Sayyaf, an ally of Ahmed Shah Massoud, leader of the Northern Alliance. At the time, bin Laden was building ties to Massoud's rival, the Taliban.1
PossibleKSM told his interrogators bin Laden probably met with him because of his family ties to Ramzi Yousef.1
1The 9-11 Commission Report. July 22, 2004. Chapter 5.1.
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